Rep. Matt Salmon statement on House budget deal
Editor's note: Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., released the following statement after the House approved a budget that will head off future government shutdowns.
It has not been altered in any way.
"I applaud Chairman Ryan and our Republican Budget Conferees for working under difficult circumstances to negotiate a compromise with Senate Democrats, and I appreciate that this deal offers some positive items, such as helping to bring back regular order for the appropriations process, approving the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement, restoring badly needed resources for our military, and making small changes to some mandatory spending programs.
"However, for me and most of the constituents I have heard from in my district, this deal falls short of something I could support.
"Unfortunately, this deal fails to even make modest reforms to our nearly bankrupted entitlement programs and it, once again, increases government spending in the short-term with only a promise to make spending cuts in the long-term.
"If we are not willing to make tough choices now, then how can we expect future Congresses to stop kicking the can down the road?
"This was a grand opportunity for our nation's leaders to reform and preserve the fiscal longevity of our entitlement programs, and this deal does not rise to that challenge.
"Furthermore, I have never believed that Congress should raise taxes or increase fees to justify more government spending. Sadly, this deal does exactly this by raising fees on air travelers.
"As we move forward under these new spending caps, my hope is that Congress and President Obama will finally recognize that our fiscal problems are not solved by raising more revenue and increasing spending, but by cutting spending and addressing our biggest crisis - unsustainable entitlement spending.
"We must make do with less government or our children and grandchildren will pay the heavy price as we continue to see a skyrocketing debt and runaway government spending.
"We must make big strides in the direction of a smaller and more efficient government in order to get our country back on the right path."